SkillsUSA South Carolina Update

Advisor Update Archive (2019-2020)

SkillsUSA South Carolina

Advisor Update

February 24, 2020

Upcoming Events and Deadlines

March 1 – SLSC Late Registration Deadline

March 1 – Membership Deadline (to be eligible to compete in SLSC)

March 13 – Conference Payment Deadline

March 13 – Registration Change Request Deadline


State Conference Registration Deadline

Sunday, March 1 is the final deadline for the South Carolina State Leadership and Skills Championship Conference registration.  This deadline cannot be extended.




As of this morning, there are currently more than 200 individuals who are entered into the conference registration system who have not been submitted.  If an individual is not submitted, then he/she is not registered for the conference.  Make sure that everyone from your school attending the conference has been entered into the system AND SUBMITTED no later than March 1!




Registration Changes

If there is a need to change a registration, there will be a link to a survey form on the state website beginning March 2.  The deadline to submit any changes will be Friday, March 13 at 5:00 PM.  There are no refunds for drops or no-shows after March 1. 


Conference Registration Check-in times

Wednesday, March 25

            8:30 AM – 12:00 PM

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM    

Thursday, March 26

            8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

            4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Friday, March 27

            7:00 AM – 8:30 AM

Saturday – No Registration Check-in Available


Only one (1) advisor or administrator should come to the registration check-in table to pick up materials for the school upon arrival at the Greenville Convention Center. The individual picking up the registration materials will be picking up the materials for the entire school.  Make sure that your school’s Advisors have a plan on how to distribute those materials to all participants.  There will be some materials picked up on Thursday that are not needed until Saturday.  Name badges for off-site contestants will be at the off-site location.  All other materials, for everyone registered from the school, will be picked up at the convention center registration check-in table.  Advisors who are attending an off-site competition should make arrangements with the individual picking up materials at the convention center to get their materials.   


Forms and Documents

There are several required forms and a current copy of the SLSC Procedural Manual posted on the state website (under Championships).  Please make sure that you download the forms that you need and have them completed prior to arriving at the competition.  The Safety Release Form MUST be turned in for ALL CONTESTANTS at the contest orientation.


Changes for 2020

  • Resumes will be required for ALL competitors at the state level.  Turn in a paper copy that is one page and typed.  Use the posted template (

  • Competitors may compete in ONLY ONE contest

  • 2020 Theme - The topic to be addressed by contestants in the Chapter Display, Prepared Speech and Promotional Bulletin Board competitions is how our theme, “SkillsUSA: Champions at Work, I’m Ready,” addresses the SkillsUSA program of work in the area of professional development.

  • Maintenance and Light Repair (MLR) is the Automotive Service competition for High School contestants.

  • Several contests have a total number of competitor limits.

  • Refer to the 2019-2020 SLSC Procedural Manual for additional changes and details.

Dates and Locations 

Several competitions will be held on alternate dates, check below for any changes from previous years.  Note that times are not set for all contests.  Check the website for more information as it becomes available.


March 20 – SLSC (Screen Printing & Dye Sublimation – Columbia)


March 21 – SLSC (Automotive Body and Collision Repair – Greer)


March 26-28 – State Leadership and Skills Championship Competition (Greenville area – multiple sites)


Thursday, March 26


  • Automotive Service Technology                    

  • Building Maintenance

  • Cosmetology

  • Esthetics

  • Hair Braiding

  • Maintenance and Light Repair (MLR)

  • Nail Care

  • Power Equipment Technology

  • Team Works

  • Welding

  • Welding Fab


Friday, March 27


  • Additive Manufacturing

  • Advertising Design

  • Architectural Drafting

  • Audio/Radio Production

  • Automotive Service Technology

  • Barbering

  • Cabinetmaking

  • Carpentry

  • Chapter Display

  • CNC Milling

  • CNC Technician

  • CNC Turning

  • Crime Scene

  • Criminal Justice

  • Criminal Justice Quiz Bowl

  • Cyber Security

  • Early Childhood

  • Electrical Construction Wiring

  • Engineering Technology Design

  • Firefighting


  • Information Technology Service

  • Interactive App & Game Creation

  • Internetworking

  • Maintenance and Light Repair (MLR)

  • Marine Technology

  • Masonry

  • Mechatronics

  • Mobile Electronics

  • Mobile Robotics

  • Photography

  • Plumbing

  • Promo Bulletin Board

  • Quiz Bowl

  • Team Engineering Challenge (MS)

  • Team Works

  • Technical Drawing

  • TV(Video)Prod

  • Welding

  • Welding Fab

  • Welding Sculpture


Saturday, March 28


  • Action Skills

  • American Spirit

  • Community Actions Project

  • Computer Programming

  • Customer Service

  • Entrepreneurship

  • Extemporaneous Speech

  • First Aid/CPR

  • Job Interview

  • Job Skill Demo A

  • Medical Terminology

  • Opening and Closing Ceremonies (Competition)

  • Prepared Speech

  • Quiz Bowl Finals

  • Related Technical Math


April 3 – SLSC (Commercial Baking, Culinary Arts and Restaurant Services - North Charleston)

April 29 – SLSC (Diesel - Columbia)

From the National Office

Free Career Exploration for Students and Schools 

“Cue Career” aggregates the resources of industry associations for career exploration/navigation and workforce development and is a free resource for schools and students. Students can explore careers by watching video interviews with professionals and accesses information on scholarships, internships, apprenticeships, mentorships, micro-credentials and badges offered by associations.

Cue Career also periodically provides livestreams including panels of industry experts into classrooms and students can ask questions live. There are two upcoming livestreams:

  • Health Sciences/Medical, Feb. 26, 11:15-11:45 a.m. To sign up, go to:

  • Welding and Woodworking, Feb. 26, 10:30-11 a.m. To sign up, go to:

  • Upcoming livestreams are listed here: 

To learn more, contact Heather Wetzler at or 917-5412-4549. To view the Cue Career website, go to:

Celebrate CTE Month with NASA Challenge

It is not too late for your students to enter the NASA HUNCH-CTE Month student video challenge with the theme Living and Working on the Moon and Beyond. This challenge is open to middle school, high school and college/postsecondary students, who are must produce a video two minutes or less in length. The deadline to submit videos is on March 2. Information can be found on the CTE Month site at Video challenge questions can be submitted to Julia O’Brien at or 703-683-9377.


Professional Development Opportunity

Are you using or planning to use SkillsUSA Career Essentials: Experiences courses and their associated assessments? If so, consider joining SkillsUSA’s virtual opportunities for Career Essentials Certified Teacher training.


There is an option to complete online training in one four-hour session, and there are several options for completing the online training in four one-hour sessions or two two-hour sessions. In addition, there are opportunities to set your own date for on-site training for 12 or more teachers or to set a date for virtual training for five to 20 teachers.


SkillsUSA Career Essentials Certified Teacher training is designed for teachers who are currently using the Experiences courses or who are planning to. Contextual information about the SkillsUSA Framework and basic resource information is assumed to be known by individuals participating in this training. If additional contextual information is needed for trainees prior to participating, our trainers will work with you as needed.


Virtual training sessions require a minimum of five registrants, and a maximum of 20 will be accepted for any one given date.  Check out the many opportunities here.



Time is running out!

The SkillsUSA national membership deadline is March 1, but many state deadlines fall earlier. Student members must meet both the state and national deadline to be eligible for national competition, to serve as voting delegates or to run as a national officer candidate. 


Becoming a professional member of SkillsUSA is one of the best ways to demonstrate to students the opportunities that membership in a national student organization provides. Professional members receive online access to the following as a no-cost member benefit when you submit membership and provide an email address: SkillsUSA Championships Technical Standards, Jump into STEM! curriculum and SkillsUSA Career Essentials: Foundations.


Once membership is submitted, an email will be sent to professional members with a PIN to access the items electronically. Visit to register yourself and student members.  You can download state dues and deadlines here.


SkillsUSA Help Is a Phone Call Away

If you or any chapter advisors need assistance with SkillsUSA membership, hotline operators are ready to help you register members, answer questions about starting a new chapter, or provide ideas on how to engage members and strengthen an existing chapter. Operators are available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday; and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday (Eastern time). To reach the hotline, call 844-875-4557 or email You can also chat online on the membership registration site.



Gain National Attention for Student Mentoring

SkillsUSA sponsors a national recognition opportunity called the Student2Student mentoring program. Mentoring connects young people to personal growth and development, as well as economic opportunities.


Student2Student recognizes SkillsUSA chapters that are involved in a mentoring program in their communities. When a SkillsUSA chapter mentors an elementary or middle school classroom, it helps younger students imagine careers and helps older students practice their skills. To enter, submit your mentoring project. The winning chapter will be recognized at the National Leadership and Skills Conference and in the Awards and Recognition book. In addition, the winner will be invited to present at SkillsUSA University.


All entries must be submitted by April 1. Winners are announced in May. To download a Mentoring Guide or enter your program for recognition, go to:


For more information, contact Gayle Silvey at

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